Goom makes his dramatic first appearance. From Tales of Suspense #15
|First appearance||Tales of Suspense vol. 1 #15 (Mar 1961)|
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Fictional character biography
Goom is an alien from Planet X who attempted to conquer the Earth. He was defeated and returned to his home planet by other aliens from Planet X, but his son Googam soon followed in his father's footsteps. At some point, he was captured by the alien Collector and imprisoned alongside other monsters. These captives were freed by the Mole Man, but were defeated by the Beast, Giant-Man, the Hulk and the Thing, and Mister Fantastic exiled them into the Negative Zone.[volume & issue needed] Somehow, Goom and other monsters returned to Earth and took up residence on the Mole Man's Monster Isle. On a Valentine's Day, Goom attempted to find a human mate on Earth, but the goddess Venus instead set him up (somewhat against his will) with the alien Shivoor.[volume & issue needed] Goom vanished afterwards, leaving his son Googam alone on Earth.[volume & issue needed] The microscopic dictator Tim Boo Baa took advantage of Googam's search for his father to manipulate Googam into bringing him to Earth, where he was defeated by Googam's allies, the "Fin Fang Four".[volume & issue needed] Goom was later captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and placed in the custody of their Howling Commandos Monster Force.[volume & issue needed]
Powers and abilities
Goom has mental powers and an immense head. He had advanced technology which was seen in Tales of Suspense vol. 1 #15 including a spaceship, a disintegration-inducing "Neutron Ray," and a time machine, which had the ability to change the age of others.
In other media
- Goom appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "The Hunted" where its vocal effects are provided by Dee Bradley Baker. The Goom seen in this episode is depicted as a female, didn't demonstrate any mental powers and was little more than a wild animal, and is revealed to have the ability to breathe fire, ice, and acid. Hulk finds the eggs of Goom which hatch as Hulk protects the eggs of Goom from Arkon. When Hulk and the baby Gooms (whose vocal effects are provided by Clancy Brown, Benjamin Diskin, and Eliza Dushku) are captured and placed in cages on Arkon's ship, it is revealed that Goom was previously captured by Arkon in his plot to raise the baby Gooms and use them to hunt Earth's heroes. With help from Hulk, the Gooms end up crashing Arkon's ship while Arkon is chased away by Monster Island's inhabitants. Hulk left one of the floating cameras on Monster Island to keep an eye on the baby Gooms.
- Incredible Hulk Annual #5
- Goom at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
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